Garden envy

I’ve mentioned before that I’m an office jockey by day and am currently going through some management training with an outside company of occupational psychologists. So from time-to-time I have a one-on-one session where we talk about all sorts of stuff relating to home and work life and how I can change my approach in certain situations to get better results. I don’t get to lie on a couch though which I was most disappointed about!

For those of you interested in this stuff on the Myers Briggs scale my personality type is an ‘EFSJ’ which means that I am well suited to the job I do, that’s a relief! As part of my homework I’m putting together a ‘vision’ of where I want to be in 20 years time. Writing a list of things you want is a good start and writing things down always means you’re more likely to achieve them than if they are just in your head. But it’s pictures that work best in the subliminal world of the brain so a large piece of paper full of pictures of ‘what I want in life’ should help me get there…….apparently. Heh I’ll give anything a go, so I’ve started to think of the first picture of my ‘vision’. And guess what popped into my head, yes a garden but not any old garden, no the garden featured heavily in Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jamie at Home’ series.

Now I don’t know about you but when Jamie Oliver first came on the scene I thought he was a bit of a prat. But I’ve grown to like him over the years. Once famous he could have easily trotted out fairly bland cookery programmes but he’s done something different with the likes of fifteen and school dinners. And I would love to have the walled kitchen garden so if I include a picture of that in my ‘vision’ it’ll help me get there (slight concern that I’ll need a lottery win to buy a place like that but I’ll ignore that for now!!).

Anyway, back in the real world, here’s a photo from my, slightly smaller and less well tended, garden. The daffs are now in full bloom and the tulips are not far behind. The grass needs mowing though, that’s one job I’m not a big fan of. The plum tree is full of white blossom, late summer we will be inundated with 100s of small plums which makes great jam.

On the plot the long carrots and parsnips have started to germinate. The broad beans I’d sowed direct have started to come up and the greenhouse reared plants are looking quite healthy about 6″ high so that should give a succession of pods. Still waiting for the PSB though, I think I’ll be waiting for ever, I’ll need to pull them up soon as my beans are going in that spot.

The weather’s looking good for the rest of the week and the weekend so I will finally get some digging done and get those spuds in, can’t wait!


6 responses to “Garden envy

  1. I just added you blog to my bloglist – you have left some lovely comments over the recent weeks and I like your blog too, though it won’t RSS for me, ah well…

    That whole lie down on a couch thing is totally for the movies. I have sat on many a very uncomfortable chair and once, on the floor!

    You have 20 yrs to get your version of Jamie’s garden , I believe it is totally do-able. Go for it and let us come along for the ride 😉

    • Thanks Carrie not sure about RSS that’s too techie for me! 20 years is a long time so bit by bit I’ll get there, I would like to dig up more lawn (actually moss) and grow more veg. One step at a time.

  2. Your garden seems fairly large from this photo. I’d have loved a large garden with a walled kitchen garden too but wherever gardens were large so were the houses in them – that’s why we ended up with allotment plots. Not quite the same but a compromise.

    • Thanks Sue it’s a nice sized garden to be honest and who am I kidding anything bigger would be unmanageable for me. I think I have a choice between digging up more of the garden or getting a local allotment for the bulky veg like spuds which take up so much of my limited space.

  3. It looks like you’ve got a decent sized, flat garden, which is good for the kids to play in. The plum tree looks lovely covered in blossom.

    • Thanks Jo we were lucky to have this plum tree, we did have a mature pear as well but it was rotted in the centre so I dug it out. One day I’ll plant some more fruit trees.

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